Besides his career as a player, he took a team that had finished last in every year of its existence and, in 2 years, had them and this town on top of the world.
I remember being at my grandparents' house in Brooklyn when I learned he had had a heart attack and died. I cried and felt like the whole borough was crying. Not many people more beloved in Brooklyn, ever.
He was a great first baseman and hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in
“The Mets are overjoyed that Gil Hodges will take his rightful place into the Baseball Hall of Fame. We thank the Golden Days Era Committee for recognizing Gil’s achievements as a player and as a man who delivered the Mets first World Series Championship in 1969. Many agree that the Miracle Mets’ accomplishment would not have happened without his leadership, guidance, dignity and grace. Congratulations to his wife Joan, son Gil Jr., and daughters Irene and Cindy, who we are thrilled will be able to cherish and celebrate his selection.”
Irene Hodges — Gil’s daughter
“I was here with my mom when the Hall of Fame called…she just pounded her heart and said I‘m so happy for Gil. My dad was a great manager and a great player but above all else he was a great Dad.”
Gil Hodges Jr. — Gil’s son
“I’m thrilled for my mother. She’s 95 now and the next vote would not have been for five years. I’m glad she can enjoy this day and she’s part of it.”
“He was a gentleman. He commanded respect. He knew the game inside out. He was always three steps ahead of the other manager, I can’t tell you how elated I am.”
“The good guys finally won. I never met a more outstanding gentleman than Gil Hodges. He treated us all the same way and with respect. I’m thrilled beyond words.”
“There are so many reasons why Gil Hodges should be in the Hall of Fame. He was a great player, a great manager and what he did for Jackie Robinson speaks to the character of the man. It was an honor for me to play for him.”
“Long-overdue…So right, I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am. He was a great man.”
“My first reaction is I’m elated for the Hodges family they had so many ups and downs through the years. I’m glad that Joan is still here to enjoy this day. It’s well deserved.”
Carl Erskine — Dodgers teammate
“I played with Gil for 12 seasons. He was not the captain, but a quiet strong leader. He kept the infield together. He had a sixth sense when it came to baseball.”
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now about 7 weeks to go as ballots are collected for the BBWAA vote.
Hard to believe it's the last year of eligibility for Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, and Sosa.
Schilling missed by only 16 votes so one would think he gets in, but only missed by 20 the year before so I imagine it will be another squeaker..
Bonds and Clemens... yikes... 50+ voters have to change their minds. Only chance is if enough of them planned all along to just wait until their final year to vote them in and make a point. Would be nice if they just got in so we don't have to wait for the route Hodges and co just got in... I can't see a future where players who were part of the PED culture/era don't vote them in someday.
It's wonderful that hisnwife and all his kids are here to witness this honor. As a little kid I knew Gup Hodges before I knew current stars because his name was prominent in Brooklyn, especially the Marine Park area where I grew up, as he lived nearby.
It's a shame Dick Allen fell short once again.
As for the regular annual vote, I am very I terested to see what happens with Bonds and Clemens in their last year and A-Rod in his first year. I have said it many times, Bonds and Clemens deserved to be in before they ever allegedly used. A-rod I don't feel as strongly about because his usage is rumored to have begun as early as HS, which puts an entire career in question. But, I have maintained, if Ortiz gets in, which I fully expect on a first ballot, then A-rod should be in, along along with Bonds and Clemens no questions asked.
this one is loooong overdue --I am pleased his wife is still alive and that the family can finally have this national disgrace amended
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